What does it mean when a rabbit licks you?

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  1. Feb 24, 2011 #1

    michellexgix

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    What does it mean when a rabbit licks you? Ive got onerabbit, dexter who will lick me for ages, hes done it since we have him..



    People tell me its that theyre not getting enough salt and others say that they like you so which is it?
     
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    hey michelle, my little guy does the same, was told it was the salt so i got him a salt stick in the pet store which he licks but continues to lick my hand so i'm putting it down to him showing affection...

    i see that you have 3 bunnies, did you get them altogether or at different stages? I'm considering getting a second one so that my guy has a pal, any advice would be much appreciated..
     
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    It has nothing to do with salt in your skin, it has everything to do with your bunny loving you to peices! This is their way of showing affection, by "grooming" you, and is some of the highest praise your bunny can give you, lol. It's a good thing basically :p
     
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    Violet23 wrote:
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    Apparently only one or two of our four like me then lol.

    Beelzebunny used to lick me, the baby that is supposed to be a girl is also a licker. Are your lickers also female?
     
  6. Mar 4, 2011 #6

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    My licker is a male :D
    Great thats what it means :D

    LizzyLinda, I got all three of minee at different times tho they aren't kept together yet.
    I wanted to wait till aftter neuterin and they just got neutered last week.

    Two of them broke out and were together for ages and got on great eve to they were intact, non neutral area, etc. but i seperated as didnt want to risk fights..

    Is yours male or female? I'd suggest neutering/spaying it before getting it a friend. (of course neutering as additional benfits other than bonding) Then I'd get ita friend.
    Generally boy/girl pairs work well but as can girl/girl and boy/boy :D

    Btw Im from ireland too :D
     
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    Yeah I think it means he likes you. :) But some rabbits might like you and not lick, some animals are just more licky I guess :)

    My two female rabbits that I've had since they were born will lick me, but my others won't :) When they're babies though, they all lick me and nibble me too! Which kinda hurts. :)

    Hey LizzyLinda, I'm from Cork too :D
     
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    Bunnies are like people, they're individuals. Some will be kissy-kissy, others reserved.

    But 'grooming' is most often a 'bonded mate' behaviour. If you have one bunny and he/she considers you a mate, more often you'll get groomed -- although its also a dominance thing. Some 'partners' will expect you to be grooming them. (Putting his/her head down is usually a request to be groomed).

    If you want to bond with your rabbit, don't pick her/him up, but instead lightly stroke the forehead, ears and clean the crystallized bits from the corner of the eyes. Nuzzling works well too.

    Rabbits already bonded with rabbit mates are less likely to form a 'grooming' bond with a human.


    sas :)
     
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    luna is such a kissy kissy rabbit with Mike .. with me though nope .. cos I'm the alpha female I think.
     
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    luna is such a kissy kissy rabbit with Mike .. with me though nope .. cos I'm the alpha female I think.
     
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    My female rabbits are constantly grooming each other when they're in together. Especially Lila, she annoys the others cos she does it so much!
     
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    Oh hehe, thanks for all the info :D

    Nice to know these things. Can't wait to try and bond my trio, then they can have a bunny friend to groom :D
     
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    A rabbit that licks you, loves you. I get bunny kisses from Sweetie, my female bunny, all the time. She also licks me all the time. She is bonded to Prince, my male rabbit, but she still licks me and gives me bunny kisses which I love. I get all soft and melt when she gives me them and I pet her also. It is so cute.
     

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